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  • #9840

    mele-02
    Keymaster

    Okay, so what is it guys? Post your favorite sniper rifle of all time… and then WHY its your favorite.

    #9848

    Paratrooper4life
    Participant

    M-24 hands down! Accurate, simple, rugged and as an Army guy anything else would just plain be wrong!

    #9850

    jhardy
    Participant

    M40A1. It was my first love and always feels like home when i’m behind her. 🙂 Although the optics are much improved now.

    #13679

    mele-02
    Keymaster


    The M24 ranges high on my list from when I carried one… its a part of me now.

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by  mele-02.
    #13691

    PBR-XP FAN
    Participant

    My personal favorite is the DARPA/USMC XM-3 sniper rifle. I like this particular rifle due to its lighter weight and smaller profile compared to more traditional sniper rifles. Sadly, this platform was never developed to its full potential.

    #13709

    mele-02
    Keymaster

    Hey, this is a different choice than many might recommend, and I love it! This is also in line with my thoughts on an ideal sniper rifle… one that focuses on the fieldcraft side. Keep the rifles light and compact to help the sniper due is craft, yet still deliver sub MOA at 1000 yards. Great pick!!

    We have contemplated doing a writeup on a rifle build to fullfill the same requirements as the XM rifles were designed to fill. Obviously the USMC has decided to go a different route with their adoption of the Mk13 rifle… a mistake? Probably not, but I see a need for both!

    MEL

    #13717

    sulcop
    Participant

    AIAW, used by our SWAT team for the past 10 years of course the United Kingdom along with many other countries. I am retiring in a few weeks and so is our AIAW’s in favor of DTA SRS but I am hoping I am allowed to purchase mine on my way out. It has never failed me and I hated giving up our 700s in the M24 stocks when we got them in “08” but once I got used to the chassis I kind of fell in love. I even had Mel build me a 700 about 6-7 years ago in a AICS chassis, and the photo of it is in the rifle build gallery.

    #13722

    PBR-XP FAN
    Participant

    Mel, thanks for the feedback, and glad to meet you. As far as the XM-3 is concerned, I think the only upgrades it would need for MOUT in today’s environment are the scope and the magazine system. The original scope on these rifles was the NF NXS 3.5-15×50(SFP), which I would replace with the NF ATACR F1 4-16×42 MIL/MIL with the MIL-R or the H-59 reticle. The original magazine on these rifles was a 5rd internal box w/ hinged floorplate, which I would upgrade to the Badger M5 DBM system. This would give you the flexibility to use Mk 316(175gr OTM), M80 Ball(149gr FMJ), or Mk 319(130gr OTM) as operational needs dictate. Would like to see your team build an “XM-3 Type” system and see what you come up with.

    Randy V. aka PBR-XP FAN

    #13729

    jwarren14
    Participant

    I think one of mine will be the M110 SASS. I have a few favorites, but for quicker engagements I prefer the M110.

    #13735

    cro789
    Participant

    I am running the Desert Tech SRS A1 in 308. Itook it to NRA scoped rifle instructor school and it worked great. Left hand was a challenge but very doable. Always 1/2 inch or better. Working with 155 168 175 185 at 100 yards and less than 1/2 min point of impact. Greart rifle and ha Vortex AMG in moa.

    #13760

    mele-02
    Keymaster

    Mel, thanks for the feedback, and glad to meet you…

    … I would replace with the NF ATACR F1 4-16×42 MIL/MIL with the MIL-R or the H-59 reticle. The original magazine on these rifles was a 5rd internal box w/ hinged floorplate, which I would upgrade to the Badger M5 DBM system. This would give you the flexibility to use Mk 316(175gr OTM), M80 Ball(149gr FMJ), or Mk 319(130gr OTM) as operational needs dictate. Would like to see your team build an “XM-3 Type” system and see what you come up with.

    Thanks Randy, good to meet you as well!

    I really like your scope choice and that you didn’t go crazy with a moon scope. Keep is small and rugged. Good mag range.

    We’ll put it on the project list, will be fun!
    MEL

    #13866

    Michael Mecikalski
    Participant

    Not to be irritating, but if someone was not a military sniper, how is one supposed to know about your discussed equipment or calibers???…dr m

    #13867

    Michael Mecikalski
    Participant

    Maybe you guys could say “well , you won’t know Mike”….well…what if I am INTERESTED????

    #13868

    Anonymous

    Either ask questions or google or both !!! 🙂

    #13869

    mele-02
    Keymaster

    Not to be irritating, but if someone was not a military sniper, how is one supposed to know about your discussed equipment or calibers???…dr m

    Please, by all means ask! 🙂
    If you have a question, chances are… many other viewers have the same question. Many of the items and rifles we mention can be found on the sniper central main web page with pictures, reviews, commentary, etc. But please. ask away!

    MEL

    #13900

    Michael Mecikalski
    Participant

    OK…..please describe the M24….what optics did the military put on there???….what caliber…what bullet…what grain please???…dr m

    #13901

    Michael Mecikalski
    Participant

    aaaaaand…..are the rifles that SNIPER CENTRAL “builds” comparable to the M24?

    #13902

    mele-02
    Keymaster

    The rifles were/are built by Remington using a 700 long action (Actually a 40x) and chambered for 7.62x51mm NATO. They used a 24″ VERY HEAVY barrel with powder coating on the early rifles, that changed later. It fires the standard M118LR ammo. The original M118 Special Ball used a 173 FMJ-BT, the current M118LR uses SMK 175 HPBT. You can find out lots more about M118 here.

    They used Leupold Ultra Mk4 10x40mm M3A scopes. Fixed power with a BDC calibrated for the M118 ammo.

    You can find out more details here:
    Sniper Central Writeup

    Let me know what else you would like to know. I carried one for 4+ years and own one now (part of the SC Collection)

    MEL

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  mele-02.
    #13904

    mele-02
    Keymaster

    That is hard to say. They were built to very specific specs using very specific components. The rifles we put together can be similar if ordered with the same parts and pieces.

    MEL

    #13905

    Michael Mecikalski
    Participant

    Would you care or dare to estimate THE COST of the M 24 and proper optics if one wanted to produce one???

    #13906

    Anonymous

    GA Precision makes an M-24 clone for $4k.

    http://www.gaprecision.net/custom-precision-rifles/all-rifles/us-army-m-24.html

    ==
    As to the optic, this is pretty close if you wanted a new scope.

    https://www.eurooptic.com/leupold-mark-4-lrt-10×40-rifle-scope-30mm-tube-m3-mil-dot-47638.aspx?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIr_vo6aro2wIVDtbACh0PMAcdEAYYASABEgJN8_D_BwE

    So $5k for the rifle and optic. Then you’d need several other items to complete the issued rifle plus accessories. Bipod, Sling, bayonet, deployment kit (tools and replacement parts), rings, base etc.

    $10k ought to get it done for sure.

    #13908

    Michael Mecikalski
    Participant

    Thank you so much…dr m

    #13909

    Anonymous

    Now if you want an exact clone of the entire issued kit at a given point in time, that would be a huge labor of love involving a lot of research, hunting for old used parts and probably some machining etc.
    There are people that do that sort of thing, but I am not among them. 🙂

    #13910

    Michael Mecikalski
    Participant

    what barrel is used by the military on the M 24?

    #13911

    Anonymous

    24”, 416R Stainless Steel, 5R, 1:11.25 Twist

    http://www.remingtonmilitary.com/firearms/sniper%20rifles/m24.aspx

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